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with the pentagon as far as cutting spending, but what about entitlement reform? do the democrats need to be willing to sit down at the table and talk about some of their sacred cows? >> yeah, democrats are going to have to cut things that are uncomfortable for democrats to cut just like republicans will. >> rick: like what? >> as you mentioned, well, let me first take issue with something that angela said, education, i don't know whether she characterizes that as entitlement. >> no, i don't, okay, well, good, good. >> energy is not entitlement either. >> no, okay. >> and my sister is a teacher as well. >> so we need, okay, we're on board with that then, but i think that, look, you have the pentagon and military spending in this country, in this country is greater than or equal to all other countries in the industrialized world combined and you know, we're giving. >> rick: i know, i know, we know democrats want to cut military spending, take me where democrats would and should be willing to cut? >> there are a number of things across the table that -- it's not just about cutting with an ax, it's sor
at the pentagon. what do we know about the military's plans after 2014? >> most assume there will be one more fighting season next year in afghanistan beginning in the spring and going through next fall. general john allen the top u.s. commander in afghanistan reportedly wants to keep 60,000 troops through that fighting season that is most of the troops already there. now there are indication that's will recommend that the u.s. keep 10,000 troops after 2014, including 1,000 special operators to keep a lid on things. this is how defense secretary panetta recently described his vision. afghans will be in the lead throughout the country for security in mid 2013. afghans will ultimately take full responsibility for security by the end of 2014. >> the final decision will be with president obama in discussions about the way forward should begin tomorrow when secretary panetta has a teleconference call with general john allen, shep. >> isn't the real final decision the afghans to make? >> absolutely. the state department has just started negotiating a status of forces agreement with president harmid
-- there is no channels for this. we have been praised by everywhere from the white house to the pentagon, but in terms of getting the units, it is word of mouth. it is viewers. we have had viewers of your show, shannon, which i am grateful for, tell us about that and get us connected with units. over the holidays, we can get the stuff out quickly, it's a great time, just in time for christmas. >> thank you for getting us updated. we will make sure the information's out there. whether you are helping those who have fallen on hard times or you want to spread good cheer, we want to see what you are up to. a lot of folks are doing selfless things. we want you to show us how you are celebrating and helping others. log on to our show page. you can upload pictures and stories of how you are helping out as well. still to come on america's news headquarters... >> you could be headed into an actual military takeover, if things went in the wrong direction. you could see a scenario, where there is continued chaos. >> concerns at home that the power grab by egypt a president could lead to complete chaos. we will a
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